Nov 26, 2021  
2019-2020 Bulletin 
2019-2020 Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Psychology and Sociology

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Mission Statement

The Department offers majors in psychology and sociology and minors in psychology, and sociology. In addition, the Department coordinates with the National Center for Bioethics to assist in implementing the Bioethics Minor. The faculty of the two areas find consensus in their commitment to sustaining a sound yet flexible curriculum to facilitate students’ diverse interests and that allows students to tailor their course of study to fulfill their career goals, whether through advanced study or entrance into the workforce. Both areas also serve the core curriculum and provide significant service for other majors and minors on campus. Introductory courses in all three areas offer basic knowledge of the subjects, including their methods and possible applications. Advanced courses prepare students for graduate and professional work in both areas as well as many related fields such as anthropology, law, psychiatry, medicine, human resources, business, criminal justice, social work, education, bioethics, cultural studies, scientific research, journalism, and art criticism.

Faculty members in both disciplines bring diverse theoretical perspectives to their courses and use a wide array of methodological strategies in their research and teaching. The faculty is committed to providing students with encouragement and tools to be able to reflect in a creative and critical manner about value, society, and the nature of reality itself. The Sociology and Psychology faculty provide a broad foundation in theory and research, incorporating research experiences to strengthen student’s research and critical thinking skills. Both disciplines incorporate either field and/or clinical experiences to provide exposure to the application of theory and research in real-life settings. Sociology and Psychology faculty research address both theoretical and practical issues, such as causes of criminal behavior, the impact of legislation on family policy and poverty programs, medical sociology and social justice issues, the psychology of learning, and human factors issues. The two disciplines in the Department place emphasis on the sociopolitical basis of knowledge, human thought and behavior.

Students wishing to transfer from another Tuskegee University major in order to be admitted as a major in Sociology or Psychology will be considered, if their cumulative GPA is 2.5 or higher and they are in compliance with regulations printed in the Academic Regulations and Procedures for Undergraduates.

Conditional admission may be granted to students whohave a cumulative GPA below 2.50.  Students admitted on a conditional basis will be given two semesters to come into compliance or be dropped from the program. Students who cannot reasonably be expected to comply within that time period or who have failed (D or lower) two or more courses in their intended major will not be granted admission. 

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